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MEET OUR TEAM

Our ability to deliver outstanding results starts with our team. Our company has been shaped by the unique talents and personalities of each of our members. As unique as we are individually, we all share a common passion towards our work. There's never a dull moment at our headquarters.

We love what we do.


Chris Ward

President 


Chris has been an active member of the AVL industry for over 25 years, initially managing Sigler Music, an Arkansas-based chain of music stores and one of the nation’s largest online music equipment retailers. During his time with Sigler, Chris oversaw the creation of many national brands, including OSP Cases, SuperFlex Gold, VRL Cables, and Elite Core Audio.

After becoming the co-owner of Elite Core in 2014, Chris has overseen the implementation and development of many new company initiatives, including the transition to the manufacturing of high-end power and cabling products in the USA.

If you can’t get ahold of him at the office, he’s probably hosting a taco night at his house or re-mulching his flower beds. At his happiest, you’ll find him sitting on a Hawaiian beach with his wife or watching his grandkids fight over who gets to use the blue noodle in the pool.

Trey McClurkin

Vice-President


Trey has been co-owner of Elite Core since its inception in 2014. An entrepreneur at heart, through the years he has owned a sound production company, a DJ business, a video and photography production company, and an online music equipment retail store.

Prior to joining Elite Core, Trey was the owner and operator of one of the most successful Elite Core wholesale dealers to date. He also was the founding drummer in the rock band Skillet, for those of you who are curious if Saturn actually does have a ring around it.

When he’s not at the office, you’re likely to find Trey doing… well, just about anything. If he’s not riding his road bike or setting up AVL for a local conference, he’s serving in the kid’s ministry of his church or cheering on his children with his wife at a [insert any extra-curricular] event.


Account Reps


Chuck Dolan

Account Rep


Chuck has an extensive history in the music and pro AVL industry. He has been a performing guitarist for over 50 years and an AVL technician since 1989.

He was introduced to the tech world while managing a full-line music store in Arkansas. This led to many years of full time install work throughout the state.

You’ll find that Chuck is most comfortable playing his guitar on stage or behind a console at front of house.

Jeff McLeod

Account Rep


Jeff started in the pro AVL industry in 1983. As an audio engineer, install consultant, and even a radio producer, Jeff has worn many hats over the years.

He has managed hundreds of install jobs during his career. He has also recorded numerous albums for artists across the country in his studio.

Due to his extensive history, he has become a highly respected individual in the AVL community.


Jonathan Riggan

Account Rep


Jonathan has been in the AVL world for over 15 years and has a large variety of industry-related experience. This includes being part of several national touring productions, a professional studio engineer for several artists across the country, a radio show host that worked with and featured musicians and bands from across the state, as well as an integrator for several prominent venues across the country.

Because of his experience and industry insight, Jonathan has become a well-known individual in a variety of AVL circles.

Lance Gipson

Account Rep


Lance has been in the AVL business for over 20 years now. He worked as an audio engineer & lighting designer for a concert production company, and was also an installer for an integration company. He also has an Audio Engineering Degree with emphasis in studio recording, and has been Technical Director at 3 different churches. This experience has given Lance a well-rounded knowledge of this industry.

When he’s not behind a console, or playing bass on stage, you can likely find him outdoors, or building something in his wood shop.


Kevin McKelvy

Account Rep


Having graduated Hendrix College with a degree in music, Kevin served as the worship pastor for a local church for over 15 years where he continually educated himself on the latest AVL gear and trained volunteers to operate it. He has also assisted with several training conferences for church sound technicians.

Kevin & his wife Page love to travel to Colorado and explore old mining roads. He has climbed two of Colorado’s 14’ers and runs 3 miles most mornings.


Manufacturing


Grayson Ward

Director of Manufacturing


Grayson started manufacturing cables nearly a decade ago, and has been with Elite Core since its inception. After personally assembling a number of cables known only to the Good Lord himself, Grayson has built up a level of experience, expertise, and hand calluses you’d be hard pressed to find on the most seasoned of industry veterans. If you've got a few minutes, you should ask him about the different types of EDC flashlights. See what happens.

Brennan Williams

Product Personalization Manager


Brennan initially joined the manufacturing division in 2016 as a cable builder. Now in charge of all product personalization, he oversees all client-specified branding and customization on all of our manufactured products. If you receive anything from a Power Drop to a Perseus snake with your logo on it, you can thank Brennan and his team for making it happen.


Vince McNett

Product Personalization


Vince has been in the product personalization business for many years. His extensive knowledge has made him a valuable member of our product personalization team. When he's not here downing Monster energy drinks and custom branding gear, you can find him at home rebuilding his 1979 Ford pickup listening to some rock.

Tanner Nichols

Metalwork Manager


Tanner handles all things metalwork - If you've ever ordered a custom punched and loaded panel from Elite Core, you've most likely worked with Tanner in some way. When he's not knee-deep in CAD drawings, you can find Tanner playing [insert instrument here] at [insert Central Arkansas venue] with [insert band]. Plus, he's got like the third strongest grip in the office, so that counts for something.


Team Leads

Anthony

Chris

Clarance


Building Team

Britton

Cameron

Christmas

David

Emma

Holden

Jennifer

Monica

Pauline

Shemethia

Teresa

Vonda


Order Logistics


Dusty Lewter

Director of Logistics


Dusty joined the Elite Core team in 2017 with over 25 years of warehouse and distribution experience, working in management roles for fulfilment centers of national brands like Nabisco, Target, and Dillard’s. He currently oversees all daily operations in our warehouse, ensuring that every single order ships correctly and on time. On pretty much any given weekend, you’ll find Dusty relaxing somewhere next to, in, or on top of a body of water. Don’t let his easy-going nature fool you, though - you’re in for a fight if you try to convince him to cook a burger on something other than charcoal.  

Order Processing

Tonya Shepard

Office Lead

Treva Bertrand

Order Processing

Heather Carter

Order Processing

Jennie Davis

Order Processing

Order Fulfillment

Zack

Maryann

Jamison

Levi

Andrew

Jaron

Brand Development


Brennan Ward

Director of Things


After graduating with a business degree from Belmont University, Brennan began his enviable career as a key player in the film industry in Nashville, Tennessee. He initially graced the Elite Core team with his presence as our first Marketing Director in 2015. A man of many talents, Brennan’s exceptionally gifted hand can be found in pretty much every new project the company takes on, including, but not limited to, the writing of staff bios on our new website.

Rickey Crowder

Director of Marketing


Prior to joining Elite Core in 2016, Rickey attended college for a graphic design degree and worked as a tech director for several large churches in Arkansas. Currently overseeing all marketing efforts, Rickey wears many hats for the company - and if you work with Elite Core in just about any capacity, you’re likely to talk to him at some point. If you want to get on his good side, bring him a Reese’s and a Mountain Dew and ask him to do some close-up magic tricks.

Kevin Urdaneta

Creative Media Guru

John Suitt

Content Specialist


Administration


Kevin Bass

Product Sourcing and Purchasing Manager


Our resident Data Ninja, Kevin worked for over 25 years in purchasing for a large multi-national data cooperation before joining Elite Core in 2016. You’ll find Kevin is most comfortable working with excessively complex data, using obscure business-lingo acronyms, and dissecting the artistic and formulaic approach taken to create the music of Rush. You’ll also find he can rock a Les Paul and cowboy hat when he takes the stage fronting his classic (old man) rock band, “Get Off My Lawn”.

Stephanie Ward

Something Important


Stephanie has been around Elite Core for every up, down, and twist that has happened along the company’s journey. Currently in charge of accounts receivable, she ensures daily that every single penny goes exactly where it’s supposed to go. Seeing as how she’s been married to our owner Chris for over 35 years, she loves to make the joke that she’s “sleeping with the boss” and make everyone uncomfortable.


Joey McDonald

Director of Operations


Elite Core’s first official employee, Joey has worked, in some capacity, in virtually every department of the company. He currently oversees all of our human resources, and generally makes sure that people don’t do dumb things. Joey loves going [redacted] with his two [redacted] and his [redacted], [redacted]. He’s also not big on giving out personal information.

Monetta Hansen

Accounting Extraordinaire


Most of us aren't quite sure what Monetta does here at Elite Core, but there is one thing we all know - we wouldn't be able to function without her. She uses all kinds of acronyms that go over most of our heads.

She doesn't let all of this knowledge go to her head, though. Monetta is one of the sweetest, kindest people you will ever know. Promise.